It’s January again, time for this JV to fill her hiking backpack with as many warm clothes as possible. Mes de Misión is about to begin, a grueling mission month in which Jesuit volunteers accompany students from third grade secondary year of Colegio Miguel Pro as they spend part of their summer vacation in service out in […]Read More Mes de Misión: A Summer Camp Like No Other
“Hey, did my letter make it to you yet?” I received that message on my phone a while ago. It was not the first time receiving a message like that, nor will it be the last. The irony of receiving an instant message, checking in about a handwritten letter is not lost on me: couldn’t […]Read More The Sacred Art of Letter Writing
It’s been about a year since I moved to Peru. Here, as the year comes to a close and we get closer and closer to Christmas, the days have begun to heat up. Paletas have made a comeback (ice cream popsicles that come in thin tubes of plastic- a childhood joy of frozen go-gurts brought back to […]Read More A Flare for the Dramatic
Almost a full year into my service with JVC, I look around on my bus ride home and realize I am the only passenger not looking down at my phone. I have only dusty scenery or people-watching for entertainment. We are accustomed to reaching for our phones unconsciously; sometimes it’s the first thing we grab when we […]Read More Learning to Live Simply: The Battle with Technology
Over 20 years ago my neighborhood, Habitat, was constructed by Habitat for Humanity. When it was built, this neighborhood was the last frontier of the city of Tacna. Beyond Habitat were farms, dirt, and somewhere out there, the Peruvian-Chilean border. Today, Habitat stands strong as its own community and is no longer the last neighborhood […]Read More When There is No Water: The Stress of Uncertainty
“Like teachers from the beginning of time, I got more out of these classes than my students.” Twyla Tharp I have always been fascinated by dreams. How is it that our brain can invent stories, people, places that we never seemed to encounter in our waking life? How is it that I can close my […]Read More A Volunteer Who Happens to Work as a Teacher? A Teacher Who’s Just a Volunteer?
“I’ll tell you now: YOU. CAN. NEVER. HIDE.” My worksite, Colegio Miguel Pro, is about three blocks from our house. On an average day, if I leave at about 7:53am and am not stopped by any neighbors or students, I arrive with a few minutes to spare before the bell rings. It’s a unique privilege […]Read More Falling in Love with my Habitat
It’s been about two months since I returned from my Mes de Misión trip. I’d like to think it’s a perfect amount of time to recount my adventures in Talabaya with a little more objectivity and a lot of good humor. Painting the picture: a group of about thirty teens head into the mountains on […]Read More Mes de Misión: Not sure if I’m closer to God or closer to pulling my hair out